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b~r~o~k~e~n cisterns v. SOURCE OF LIVING WATER

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It is illogical (and would be debilitating, damaging, and ultimately, death-dealing (physically & spiritually))

to exchange/replace

the “SOURCE

Of LIVING WATER”*

for

“b-r-o-k-e-n cisterns”!

b.c. = “military alliances, human philosophies, human theories/opinions, worldly politics”

*S.O.L.W. “True God of Compassion Yahweh/Jehovah”

“water is the solvent”

The only viable… living (drinkable/workable) “solution” (aka help/wisdom to be found) for/(to) any challenge of life… look(ing) to the Creator🙂

(A revelation) 14:7

Greet…ings & Life…ings, & ings inging: Innings1-3

IF: You want to know

Why Wing it?

1/12/18 7:11 p.m.

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True Blue

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Appreciating fungus now -lol:)

True blue…DNA!..incredible and fascinating the unlikely alliances and partnerships among fellow-fragile-life! Feeling very privileged to be alive…(and allowed to play (a very small part) in the symphony of life!) 🙂

 

1/2/18 @ 10:53 p.m.

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agapeo

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(Greek Verb)… to love
Agape… (noun)…
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Living life… a grammar lesson… likely!🙂

 

 

15 The Bible says something about love that it never says about (True God) Jehovah’s other cardinal attributes. The Scriptures do not say that God is power or that God is justice or even that God is wisdom. He possesses those qualities, is the ultimate source of them, and is beyond comparison in regard to all three. About the fourth attribute, though, something more profound is said: “God is love.” * (1 John 4:8) What does that mean?

16 “God is love” is not a simple equation, as if to say, “God equals love.” We cannot rightly reverse the statement and say that “love is God.” Jehovah is much more than an abstract quality. He is a person with a wide array of feelings and characteristics in addition to love. Yet, love runs very deep in Jehovah. One reference work thus says regarding this verse: “God’s essence or nature is love.” Generally, we might think of it this way: Jehovah’s power enables him to act. His justice and his wisdom guide the way he acts. But Jehovah’s love motivates him to act. And his love is always present in the way he uses his other attributes.

17 It is often said that Jehovah is the very personification of love. Hence, if we want to learn about principled love, we must learn about Jehovah. Of course, we may see this beautiful quality in humans as well. But why is it there? At the time of creation, Jehovah spoke these words, evidently to his Son: “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26) Of all the creatures on this earth, only men and women can choose to love and thus imitate their heavenly Father. Recall that Jehovah used various creatures to symbolize his cardinal attributes. Yet, Jehovah chose his highest earthly creation, man, as the symbol of His dominant quality, love.—Ezekiel 1:10.

18 When we love in an unselfish, principled way, we are reflecting Jehovah’s dominant quality. It is just as the apostle John wrote: “As for us, we love, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) But in what ways has Jehovah loved us first?

Jehovah Took the Initiative

19 Love is not new. After all, what moved Jehovah to begin creating? It was not that he was lonely and needed companionship. Jehovah is complete and self-contained, lacking nothing that someone else might supply. But his love, an active quality, naturally moved him to want to share the joys of life with intelligent creatures who could appreciate such a gift. “The beginning of the creation by God” was his only-begotten Son. (Revelation 3:14) Then Jehovah used this Master Worker to bring all other things into existence, starting with the angels. (Job 38:4, 7; Colossians 1:16) Blessed with freedom, intelligence, and feelings, these mighty spirits had the opportunity to form loving attachments of their own—with one another and, above all, with Jehovah God. (2 Corinthians 3:17) Thus, they loved because they were loved first.

20 So it was with mankind as well. From the start, Adam and Eve were virtually bathed in love. Everywhere they looked in their Paradise home in Eden, they could see evidence of the Father’s love for them. Note what the Bible says: “Jehovah God planted a garden in Eden, toward the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.” (Genesis 2:8) Have you ever been in a truly beautiful garden or park? What pleased you most? The light filtering through the leaves in a shady alcove? The stunning array of colors in a bed of flowers? The background music of a gurgling brook, singing birds, and humming insects? What about the scents of trees, fruits, and blossoms? In any case, no park today could compare with the one in Eden. Why?

21 That garden was planted by Jehovah himself! It must have been indescribably lovely. Every tree delightful for beauty or for delicious fruit was there. The garden was well watered, spacious, and alive with a fascinating variety of animals. Adam and Eve had everything to make their lives happy and full, including rewarding work and perfect companionship. Jehovah first loved them, and they had every reason to respond in kind. Yet, they failed to do so. Instead of lovingly obeying their heavenly Father, they selfishly rebelled against him.—Genesis, chapter 2.

22 How painful that must have been for Jehovah! But did this rebellion embitter his loving heart? No! “His loving-kindness [or, “loyal love,” footnote] is to time indefinite.” (Psalm 136:1) Thus, he immediately purposed to make loving provisions to redeem any rightly disposed offspring of Adam and Eve. As we have seen, those provisions included the ransom sacrifice of his beloved Son, which cost the Father so dearly.—1 John 4:10

23 Yes, from the beginning Jehovah has taken the initiative in showing love to mankind. In countless ways, “he first loved us.” Love promotes harmony and joy, so it is no wonder that Jehovah is described as “the happy God.” (1 Timothy 1:11) However, an important question arises. Does Jehovah really love us as individuals? The next chapter will answer that. [excerpted: Draw Close to God, Chapter 23, He First Loved Us.]

Thoughts & Intentions of Love…

Personally, a worthwhile daily intention/goal of mine…agapeo…

Also, who of us would not want to draw close to or be drawn to a person whose essence is “LOVE” ?? or to a person who is described as “HAPPY”??

Perhaps, when we see a lack of harmony, happiness, and joy…(wherever/whenever/among whomever) the root issue (aside from illnesses mental, etc and other)… a lack of agape love.

In my POV, to love, be loving…expressing **agape/agapeo…under/any all trying circumstances… is the wisest course of action.

For me, daily Bible study… is more than a shallow intellectual exercise… it’s deeply-truly- transformative… transformation of my essence…. when/IF i diligently “make” application.

Many of us operate/function to just (selfishly) survive…agapeo…is (unselfishly) thriving.:)… with enough agapeo…any challenge can be positively met… in matters of the mind/heart/body…and spirituality.

Many balk at domination… in whatever form… (i want agape love as my dominant quality!🙂

 

12/13/17 @ 1:43 p.m.

P.s. Agape:

12 A·gaʹpe refers to love that is guided by principle. So it is more than just an emotional response to another person. It is broader in scope, more thoughtful and deliberate in its basis. Above all, a·gaʹpe is utterly unselfish. [excerpted: Draw Close to God, Chapter 23, He First Loved Us.]

**{aka extending goodness to all despite any great cost to self.} 12/13/17 @ 2:02 p.m.

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a stone, a joan…crying out (2 U)

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In case U:) missed the first cries: a-stone-a-joan-crying-out… No literal stones… near me that i can hear… crying out… so, guess i will be the figurative stone… screaming: “HUMAN RULE IS A JOKE!!!!! PUNCH-LINE-SUFFERING-MISERY-DEATH!!!!!”

“HUMAN RULE IS A JOKE!!!!!!PUNCH-LINE-SUFFERING-MISERY-DEATH!!!!!”

“HUMAN RULE IS A JOKE!!!!!!PUNCH-LINE-SUFFERING-MISERY-DEATH!!!!!”

Wake up!!! It’s not funny, it’s serious/sobering!!…there is undeniable evidence everywhere!!… in the past, in the present!!… cumulative throughout time…human rule is an epic fail!!… proof in pain, suffering, misery, and death encapsulating the globe. 

Stop clinging to false hope!… Get off the Rip Off Trajectory… and live. All the government propaganda and religious/media lies circulating… have malnourished (lulled) the masses to sleep/aka compassion-inactivity aka super-selfish-activity/hurtful-conformity… they eat, sleep, dream delusional lies… this poisonous mind-food… causes spiritual blindness… and spiritual deafness… spiritual apathy…eventual physical death.

Gimme-a-break, (that’s exactly it–break free from fake, hopeless organizations, fake religions, etc.) these so-called experts/leaders… set themselves up like gods to be worshipped, praised, and paid…big bucks!… how many countless lives have been sacrificed on the altar of war to keep super-selfish-people in power?! They pretend peace, but live war! They pretend help for the poor, but live violence & greed! They pretend cure for the sick, but deliver poison as medicine… to make more money for themselves… and bigger mansions… as the voiceless/helpless go homeless. 🙁

“Where is the Love?” empathy? true leadership/(aka positive example) for fellow-fragile-life?… (Where are the Fundamental Human Rights??)

How many lives ruined (including animals)?? How many childhoods lost?? How many wo/men raped??  The unspeakable abuses & atrocities and wanton slaughter of beautiful-breathing-fragile-life and ruination of our beautiful planet Earth and ecosystems… cannot be ignored!!!

Be Courageous! Come to the Light Real Friend of Real Peace:)…Change Your mind-food, gain energy …You can have a future!… Courageously Choose Compassion and the True God of Compassion!:)

The only real solution… Theocracy!

 

 

11/27/17 @ 10:07 a.m.

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a stone, a joan… crying out!

God Joan Winifred

No literal stones… near me that i can hear… crying out… so, guess i will be the figurative stone… screaming:

“HUMAN RULE AN EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

 

“HUMAN RULE AN EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

 

“HUMAN RULE AN EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

 

11/26/17 @ 2:11 p.m.
“inactivity is worse than failure–do not let fear (of man) paralyze you”… {recently read point.}

Support God’s Sovereignty and not man’s!…and Be Wise–Live Compassion:)

The naive person believes every word, but the shrewd one ponders each step.— Proverb 14:15.

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A PurposeFULL…Life

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Psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl noted: “Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.” The Scriptures long ago showed that pursuing riches and pleasures without having a deeper purpose in life is empty and unsatisfying. “A mere lover of silver will not be satisfied with silver, neither any lover of wealth with income. This too is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10 [5:9, TNK]) The affluent may seem to enjoy a life of ease and pleasure-seeking, but “even in laughter the heart may be in pain.”—Proverbs 14:13. [excerpted: How Can You Have a Happy Life? section 2: What Do We Need to Be Happy?]


softball Sunday

FL Park

11/19/17 @ dusk

some things are black n’ white; somethings not so much…that’s why i need Divine Guidance…to accurately see/understand…life…and what compassionate choices/pursuits/studies/activities are worth my time. “Key” to finding lasting happiness…(and not hurting myself, fellow-fragile-life, and planet Earth…

“Send out your light and your truth. May these themselves lead me.”—PSALM 43:3.

How do we even know that there is a Creator?

Professor George Zinsmeister, formerly of the University of Massachusetts in the United States, believes in God and answers this question in a single word—entropy. He is referring to what scientists term “the second law of thermodynamics.” This law implies something that we all observe. An orderly system, such as a house, cannot come into existence on its own. Yet, our universe consists of countless examples of highly ordered physical and biological systems. All of this is evidence that points to an unimaginably intelligent and powerful Creator.

Why did God create us?

Creation was an expression of God’s love. As a loving Father, he wants us to enjoy life and to find pleasure in all the good things he has created for us.—Psalm 92:4 [92:5, TNK].

What does it mean that God created us “in his image”?—Genesis 1:26, 27.

God created us with a measure of his own qualities, including the ability to love, to be wise, to be just, and to be creative. He also gave us freedom of choice. When we choose to reflect his qualities, we make him happy. (Proverbs 23:15  “My son, if your heart becomes wise, Then my own heart will rejoice.”) As does any parent, God desires to have intelligent, reasoning children with whom he can communicate and enjoy a meaningful relationship.

What could we expect our Creator to do for us?

  • “You will certainly call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”—JEREMIAH 29:12.

    “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not gaze about, for I am your God. I will fortify you. I will really help you. I will really keep fast hold of you with my right hand of righteousness. . . . For I, Jehovah your God, am grasping your right hand, the One saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I myself will help you.’”—ISAIAH 41:10, 13. [excerpted readings: What do We Need to be Happy? section 3 Who Can Give Us Reliable Guidance?]

perhaps?? this blog is like soft ball (or may be?! i’m just a softie;)…with life’s unexpected events,  you never quite know when: You WILL be up to bat…and i wanna hit it out of the compassion park!:)… (when possible)… don’t wanna strike out aka regret!… nor miss an opportunity to express agape love for fellow-fragile-life.

 *btw: i’m not endorsing Sia/Sean Paul, soft ball per se…a useful metaphor/music (exercise and fun family time)… (rhyme-lol;) laughing cause like the way that sentence rolls of my tongue… got a thing for flowing, flowery, poetry-prose;)…
Also, You:) (most Readers) have never “actually” met me (in person) Reader:) (that’s probably a good thing; wouldn’t want to be a disappointment to Anybody!)… however, You’d probably agree, there is (undeniable) evidence of my existence, huh?! …this blog didn’t write itself…duh!;) and yes, my real name is joan (winifred is middle name) and the documentation selfie… is me @ 48 yrs. on Earth 11/19/17… (you can verify image against other pics on this blog and on-line elsewhere).
Yes, there is a Creator!
Peace & Purposeful Life to You Reader:)
11/21/17 @ 8:03 p.m.
Purpose v. plan…got-lemons-now-what ?!
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Hungry Birdies (3)

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Greetings Fellow-Hunger-er, Fellow-Fragile-Life, Fellow-Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life…Fellow-Reader…Fellow-Eater…Fellow-Forgiver…aka Fellow-Hungry Birdie aka Respected Reader!:)…a mouth full, huh?…;) Hopefully, respectfully addressing You:) Birdies/Any Readers/Stoppers- by here…(in this manner is not offensive, however, sorry IF it is)… (FY: i happen to appreciate/love/like/am intrigued by Birds of various feathers IF You are a Regular Reader, You may know that already?) welcoming and inviting You Curious Birdie to read on… aka accept more bird seed(s)… in order to fully digest aka understand this particular post, You probably should consume… the previous two posts…(1) and (2)…Thanks!

Offender, offenders, offense, offenses… forgiveness, forgiver…forgiving freely…

“Not one of them can by any means redeem even a brother . . . that he should still live forever.”—PSALM 49:7, 9 [49:8, 10, TNK].

Mosaic Law…

Could anyone today offer the sacrifices required by the Law?

Since the temple and priesthood no longer exist, it is not possible to offer the sacrifices required by the Law for the atonement of sins. But God has not left us without hope. The Scriptures point to a permanent solution, “a new covenant,” by means of which Jehovah promises: “I shall forgive their error, and their sin I shall remember no more.” By means of this “new covenant,” God provides the basis for forgiving all of our sins forever.—Jeremiah 31:31-34.

A common progenitor…”Adam”

How did Adam’s sin affect us?

When Adam rebelled against God, he lost the prospect of endless life. (Genesis 3:17-19  “ And to Adam*(Meaning “Earthling Man; Mankind; Humankind.”) he said: “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and ate from the tree concerning which I gave you this command, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground on your account. In pain you will eat its produce all the days of your life. 18  It will grow thorns and thistles for you, and you must eat the vegetation of the field. 19  In the sweat of your face you will eat bread*(or food)  until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.” ) As our common progenitor, Adam could pass on to us only imperfection and death. In effect, he is responsible for the death of all his children.

If a criminal deliberately murdered someone you love, could he satisfy justice by sacrificing a bull?

The Law did not permit making an animal sacrifice for willful murder. (Numbers 35:31 “You must take no ransom for the life(*”soul”) of a murderer who is deserving to die, for he should be put to death without fail. ) No animal’s life is worth as much as a man’s. The sinner would have to pay with his own life.

So, then, what kind of sacrifice could cover Adam’s sin so that Jehovah (God/Yahweh) could forgive people and ‘remember their sins no more’?

An equal exchange is required—‘soul for soul,’ that is, life for life. (Deuteronomy 19:21) Nothing less than a perfect human life—like Adam’s life before he sinned—could balance the scales of justice. Only someone with such a perfect life, uncontaminated by sin inherited from Adam, could provide the atoning sacrifice. (Psalm 49:7-9 “None of them can redeem a brother Or give to God a ransom for him,   (The ransom* (redemption) price for their life*(or “soul”) is so precious That it is always beyond their reach);  That he should live forever and not see the pit. *(“grave”)[49:8-10, TNK]) Only God could produce such a perfect life, without a human father, as He did when he created Adam.—Genesis 2:7.

Who alone could present himself as an atoning sacrifice?

Only the Messiah could be the atoning sacrifice. He will indeed come as a Deliverer. (Genesis 3:15 15  And I will put enmity*(“hostility”) between you and the woman and between your offspring*(lit. “seed”) and her offspring.*(lit. “seed”) He will crush*(Or “bruise; strike.”) your head, and you will strike*(Or “bruise; strike.”) him in the heel.” ; Psalm 2:2, 8 “  The kings of the earth take their stand And high officials gather together*(Or “take counsel together.”) as one)   Ask of me, and I will give nations as your inheritance.”  But first, he must provide a perfect “guilt offering”—a complete covering for our sins, both inherited and committed.—Leviticus 7:1 “‘This is the law of the guilt offering: It is something most holy. ; Isaiah 53:6, 10   Like sheep we have all wandered about, Each has turned his own way, And Jehovah has caused the error of us all to meet up with him.” 10  But it was Jehovah’s will*(Or “But Jehovah took delight.”) to crush him, and he let him become sick. If you will present his life*(Or “soul.”) as a guilt offering, He will see his offspring,*(lit. “seed”) he will prolong his days, And through him the delight*(Or “will; good pleasure.”) of Jehovah will have success.”

[excerpted reading: How Can You Have a Happy Life? Section 14 Why Do We Need a Better Sacrifice?] 

In summary, all of us humans have a common progenitor…  father… Adam, we were suppose to inherit not big money from our fore-father… but BIG LIFE aka perfect life eternal … He selfishly chose to do what was good for him and this resulted in us inheriting death/misery instead, yikes!! We are mess-ups and mess- makers cause our first father made a mess of things… forfeited/lost Eden.

However, not all is eternally lost… the Holy Writings/Sacred Scriptures speak of a “spiritual” paradise…(oh, and spiritual “Israelites” too)…

stay alert for more on topic(s)… Hungry Birdies (4)

Spiritual paradise…??

Spiritual Israelites…??

New Covenant…??

(draft 11/17/17)  11/20/17 @ 7:27 p.m. edited /published @7:31 p.m.

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Great Disparity of Power & Position (Part 2)

compassion God Joan Winifred

Thank You for reading Part 1…and what-4-words or what-3-words or
what-2-words

Almighty God to dust…a great disparity of power and position, huh?!
What words: 2, 3, 4 or more, would You choose to describe Yourself??…would You choose to emphasize Your power?? or Your position?? or something else?? (perhaps? You would use words that express what You truly value about Yourself… or perhaps? You would avoid certain words that would give a false impression…Perhaps? Your specific word(s) choice would help explain who or what You “truly” are at heart… the authentic “real” You!)

Don’t most of us… want to be understood or appreciated…(whether we have power, position or not)?!

On one occasion, God revealed himself to Moses by declaring His own name and qualities. The first ones that he listed were mercy and compassion. (Exodus 24:5-7) Verse 6 “Jehovah was passing before him and declaring: “Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and abundant in loyal love and truth, “

 Jehovah could have stressed his power or his wisdom. Yet, to Moses, who was seeking reassurance of God’s backing, Jehovah emphasized instead qualities that underscore his willingness to help his servants. (Ex. 33:13) Do you not find it heartwarming that God mentioned these endearing traits ahead of any others? [excerpted: w 2017 Imitate Jehovah’s Compassion]

11/11/17 @ 8:28 p.m.

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Counselors & Counseling

God insights Joan Winifred justice

What am I truly promoting?!… counseling?!

Deceit is in the heart of those who plot mischief, But those who promote peace have joy.” PRO verbs 12:20

11/07/17 @ 2:03 p.m.

Addendum:  Joy’s distinctions…[excerpted highlights: Joy-a Quality We Acquire From God w February, 2018]

We should not confuse being joyful with simply being jovial or cheerful. To illustrate: After too many drinks, a drunkard may be in a hilarious mood. However, when he sobers up, he laughs no more, and he may return to a life full of sorrow and troubles. His momentary exuberance was not true joy.​—Prov. 14:13…”Even in laughter the heart may feel pain, and rejoicing may end in grief.”

Joy, in contrast, is a deep-seated quality of the heart. It has been defined as “the emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good.” Joy is a state of happiness or gladness that remains whether the conditions around us are pleasant or not. (1 Thess. 1:6) In fact, a person can be disturbed about something but still have joy in his heart. For example, the apostles were flogged for speaking about the Christ. Yet, they “went out from before the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy to be dishonored in behalf of his name.” (Acts 5:41) Obviously, they were not rejoicing over the flogging they had received. But as servants of God, they found true joy in keeping their integrity to him.

We are not born with such joy; nor does it develop automatically. Why not? Because true joy is part of the fruitage of God’s holy spirit. With the help of God’s spirit, we can fully develop “the new personality,” which includes joy. (Eph. 4:24; Gal. 5:22) And when we develop joy, we are better able to cope with the stresses of life.

God of Bible (not same “god” found in fake religion(s) that promotes hatred/violence/killing; deeds robbing others of Joy, etc.)… is JOY FULL...

Jehovah intended for good things to develop on the earth, not the bad things that we see so often today. Yet, the wicked deeds of others do not rob Jehovah of joy. God’s Word states: “Strength and joy are in his dwelling place.” (1 Chron. 16:27) Furthermore, the good things that are being accomplished by his servants make “[Jehovah’s] heart rejoice.”​—Prov. 27:11.

We can imitate Jehovah by not becoming overly concerned when things do not work  out as we had expected. Rather than lose our joy, we can focus on the good things we have now and wait patiently for the better things ahead. 

We can also find many Biblical examples of humans who maintained joy in the face of trying circumstances. Abraham is one who endured life-threatening situations and difficulties caused by others. (Gen. 12:10-20; 14:8-16; 16:4, 5; 20:1-18; 21:8, 9) Despite such pressures, Abraham maintained joy in his heart. How did he do so? He had clearly in mind his hope of living in the new world under the Messiah’s rule. (Gen. 22:15-18; Heb. 11:10) Jesus said: “Abraham your father rejoiced greatly at the prospect of seeing my day.” (John 8:56) We can imitate Abraham by pondering the joys ahead.​—Rom. 8:21.

We also treasure the gift of life and our ability to enjoy it. (Eccl. 3:12, 13) As intelligent creatures who have been drawn by Jehovah, we understand God’s will for us. (Col. 1:9, 10) Hence, we have real meaning and direction in our lives. On the other hand, the majority of mankind have no clear concept of life’s purpose. Highlighting this contrast, Paul wrote: “‘Eye has not seen and ear has not heard, nor have there been conceived in the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love him.’ For it is to us God has revealed them through his spirit.” (1 Cor. 2:9, 10)

Joy is good medicine…:)

“If you are happy and satisfied with your life now, you are more likely to be healthy in the future.” That is what a researcher at the University of Nebraska in the United States wrote after reviewing a number of studies on health. This is in agreement with the Bible, which says: “A joyful heart is good medicine.” (Prov. 17:22) Yes, as you increase your joy, you are likely to have better physical health.

WAYS to INCREASE JOY:)

Keep your life simple and uncluttered.​—Luke 12:15 ” Then he said to them: “Keep your eyes open and guard against every sort of greed (covetousness), because even when a person has an abundance, his life does not result from the things he possesses.

Be modest in your expectations.​—Mic. 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good. And what is Jehovah requiring (*asking back) of you? Only to exercise justice, (*to be just or to be fair) to cherish loyalty, (*Or “to be kind and loyal in your love.” Lit., “to love loyal love.”)And to walk in modesty with your God!

Make sure that your schedule (for employment, schooling, recreation, and so forth) allows you to pursue spiritual goals.​—Eph. 5:15, 16  So keep strict watch that how you walk is not as unwise but as wise persons,  making the best use of your time, (*Lit., “buying out the appointed time.”) because the days are wicked.”

Be reasonable with yourself and others.​—Phil. 4:5.”Let your reasonableness {not quarrelsomeness} become known to all men. The Lord is near.”

In what ways can i (patiently:) increase JOY today; this moment in time

(what is the True God of Compassion telling me?? Am i listening??)

11/08/17 @ 11:15 a.m.

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Illusion-less life

Breathing-Fragile-Life change choice God happiness hope Hope Joan Winifred never giving up! reality Truth

When the illusions blow away… what are you left with?? The TRUTH!

(and hope of a “real” life)

Reminder… the real thing is not worthless… counterfeit is!

(wishing the “real” life to all my fellow-beautiful-breathing-fragile-life)

In my (albeit limited) POV, attaining the real life… doesn’t involve being a people pleaser or selfishly pleasing myself or acquiring material wealth, status in any form, prestige in any form, fame/name for myself–tons of so-called friends/or counterfeit love… but pleasing the True God of Compassion… living compassion… to the best of my abilities-skills/accurate-knowledge.

Things I’ve learned so far…

You gain more (than you lose) from self-sacrifice.

You lose more (than what you supposedly gain) from self-indulgence.

There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.—Acts 20:35

Interpreting Happiness & Success:

Success Stories—How True?

 Occasionally we hear anecdotal accounts about individuals who grew up in troubled homes but fought against all odds and became very wealthy. “Such stories are sometimes cited as evidence that they made the best of a bad thing, turning out well despite or because of their unhappy childhoods,” explains a report on happiness in the San Francisco Chronicle. “The problem with this interpretation, according to research, is that they may not have turned out so well after all. They just turned out wealthy.”

Happiness Fosters Good Health

A happy disposition is good medicine. “Happiness or related mental states like hopefulness, optimism and contentment appear to reduce the risk or limit the severity of cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension, colds and upper-respiratory infections,” says a report in Time magazine. Furthermore, a Dutch study of elderly patients revealed that over a nine-year period, a happy, positive disposition reduced the risk of death by an amazing 50 percent!

How mental states affect the body remains unclear. Research has shown, however, that positive, optimistic people have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is known to suppress the immune system. [excerpts Recipe For True Happiness w 06]

Peace & Illusion-free… spiritually-rich, happy-real-life-to-You-Reader!:)

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